President John Dramani Mahama, accepting his victory in the November 21 Presidential Primary, on Sunday night, urged members of his National Democratic Congress (NDC), to remain resolute and garner the necessary support for the 2016 general election.
According to figures released by Mr Samuel Tete, Deputy Director of Elections, he polled a total of 1, 199, 118 votes in the 265 constituencies, representing 95.10 votes cast, while the total number of NO votes was 61,836, representing 4.90 of the total number of votes cast.
A total of 25,000 votes were rejected.
Speaking after the declaration, President Mahama said:”Our party has spoken…The NDC is a party of unity, peace and vision and I want to thank all of you for the wonderful turnout for the election.”
The ceremony was attended by Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, members of the Party hierarchy, Ministers of State and some contestants in the parliamentary primary.
He said with their expanded electoral college successfully tested, it would motivate and energize the base of the party to engage in similar contests within and outside the domain of the party.
President Mahama said the NDC had set standards for the country, the continent, and the entire world with the expansion of the Electoral College, indicating that the feat would be emulated by a lot more others.
He said although his three-year administration had been punctuated with challenges such as power crisis, industrial actions, electoral contest in court, he would rise above the waters to perform his duties creditably to the admiration of all Ghanaians in the coming days.
He declared:”I am not perfect, just like any other human, and nobody can be perfect except God, but I believe that we have an objective of working together to achieve our goals of development.”
The President commended all contestants, especially the women, for their participation, but he regretted that women’s representation was still very low.
President Mahama hinted that in future the party would find a way of assisting women to get them out of the rigorous way of selection to encourage many more of them to take up political challenges.
On the contestants, President Mahama said there were neither winners nor losers, but the party was the winner.
It, therefore, needed the support of all to return the government into power in 2016.
He commended the party leadership for the smooth conduct of the election and advised them to analyse all the Parliamentary results and strategise appropriately to win more constituencies in 2016.
Dr Kofi Portuphy, the National Chairman of the Party, said the election was an important milestone for the democratic development of the party and called on supporters to adhere to the tenets of the expansion.
He thanked the leaders and contestants for their contribution towards making the election successful, saying that was only the first step as they were yet to go for the general election that would involve other political party candidates.
Mr Tete, who declared the results, commended the party members, the security and the media personnel for their contribution towards the orderly, peaceful and successful election. GNA